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7 Activities That Feeds Your World of Creativity

pexels-photo-531639A strong desire to learn is what feeds your world of creativity. Call it curiosity, eagerness to know something new in life that is the same as inquisitive thinking. It is a key ingredient to gaining knowledge, getting to know what is taking place in the surrounding you are in. There are a lot of things that are happening where you are, wind blows for examples, and it blows away a piece of paper, ask yourself why, and give yourself are an answer. It indicates you are awake, and you are functioning, and your creativity is on.

You must have a curiosity of a child to discover new ideas. Use senses appropriately, to tell your story. Describe the texture of anything you laid your hand on, or that gets in contact with your skin, how it taste, how it feels, for example a brighter light rays to your eyes, how your whole body reacted when you saw a big snake in front, just few meters away, let us readers feel how you felt, show us the situation you are in, in words, let images of the scene flash in our mind when we read your story, answer all possible question we can ask our self as your audience, about your story. Don’t allow us to ask our self-questions like, then what happened next, show us how, and then give us details. Curiosity of child, I mean being curious as a child, is what, first nourishes your creativity.

Secondly, try doing what you love doing always. This helps you master the art perfectly, and you will even enjoy doing it more. If you love reading for example, then read with focus, have at the back of your mind why you read, what you want to know, and ask yourself if the book you are reading has something that is helpful to you and your work or beneficial to you in a way. Never waste time reading a book that does help you in any way.

Make sure you read always; when you get bored, when you are stressed, when you are not you, in your moods. Reading will take you places you have never been, you will tour around the world reading books, newspapers, magazine and novels, it dips you to the world imagination, and makes you interact with world you have never seen before, or you have never known it exist. It flashes pictures, sceneries in your mind of both ugly and beautiful world. You will visits nature of a different world through words you read, and get motivated or demotivated. If you wish yourself, you were in that world, of the book you are reading, or a story, then an idea has been planted in your mind, and you can pick a pen any time and write something. That is how people get ideas to write. They don’t wait for ideas to come in just, but they look for those ideas where they are hidden, hence keeping your creativity alive.

Third, finding inspiration from others in the profession you belong, and the experts in that field. Try to research to know what lead to their success story. How did they became bestselling authors, and learn how they tell their stories, and read comments given by readers and publishers, what do they like about their writing styles.

Whenever you experiences roads blocks, in your road to being published in your life as a writer, then learn how others before you in the same line of business succeeded. Study to know, how different people in different field reached particulars height of success in their life, and in their career.  Reading the like of Mahatma Gandhi, or Martin Luther (JR) is inspiring, captivating and motivating; I call them the fathers of inspiring quotes of wisdom, about life.

Discover what are your strengths and weakness; accept who you are, then workout to improve.  Belief your actions,  are what will save you from failing, and seek of God’s guidance, and in so doing you will be growing your curiosity as well as developing your career.

Fourth, take nature walk, you will learn new things as you try to ask yourself why the nature behaves the way it behaves, you will want to find out why, when the dropping down of a leaf and a fruit are different. When a mango drops down from a tree, it lands of ground directly below where it was hanging, but for a leave it may be carried far place even from tree it hanged. The reason being a leaf is lighter and it can be blown by wind, and fruit is heavier, and it can resist wind, as it is pull down by force of gravity. The difference therefore is ability to resist the force of a blowing wind. It can be an idea you can write a whole book about it.

You can ask yourself why, where you are walking that moment is different from where you were before for example your office, or your home is quiet or noisy. The new environment refreshes you, your thoughts, and lets in room for creativity; from there you can get an idea to write about.

Think about how your readers will feel, and think  how you describe yourself being in that new situation, tell how you suffered,  how you enjoyed, how ugly it is, or how beautiful it looks, that new place, take your audience to enjoy too, that moment you enjoyed, or show them the ugliness of the place to touch their feeling. The way you feel when telling a story is exactly what the reader feels.  If it affects your feeling it will affect the feeling of the readers.

Do you think your article will make readers interested in visiting the place you are describing?

If you answer is yes then you have got it right, because you writing must affect someone feeling, has to influence readers. From there you will have something to write, some ideas will come to you in different ways, it can be from your day dreams, and beautiful scenery of natural world, talking to a dumpsite diver, call that person dumpsite scavenger, if you wish, they will tell you stories worthy spreading and worth reading, some people fear to talk to them, and don’t know these people hold information with them, that are important in the social circular of the society.

I was once told by a dumpsite diver that he pays rent from selling items from dumpsite to the community. He gave me examples that includes children’s bicycles, thrown away by rich people from richer suburb of Nairobi, he repair them and sell to them to slum people, how cannot afford a new one for their kids. He said sells plastic bottles, scrap metals and cloths to slum dwellers and he earns lot money. Unless you walk around and talk to these people you won’t get such stories.

Fifth is drawing a table of two columns and two rows. Make a list of good ideas you have ever thought of, then make a list, starting from the ones you are familiar with, think of what you can do about them, what change you can make, if you are given a chance.

Then make a list of the worst Ideas you have ever thought of, state how can change or you can improve them. For example, if you are given a chance to provide a solution for global warming what you will do?

Deduce how you can change from worst to better, how can improve and make the worst ideas to be beneficial, is what people want to read. That is feeding and well-nursing your creativity.

Sixth is forging your right moods always. How can you do that? Forgive and forget people you that wronged you. Ask for forgiveness from people you have wronged, including yourself, yes can sometimes wrong yourself, that disturbs you, in your  thought, ask why you even did that, then forget, and go for new endeavors , or get on with your work. It may not be easy but be sure that clearing old situation in your minds, helps you to get yourself in the new thing or new thoughts.  Seeking your new thoughts helps in charming and feeding your creativity.

Lastly, read, read, and read, you will get new ideas, and many ideas, than you may need for yourself. You can read a story in a novel from another part of the world, and it talks about a theme that is similar to what is happening in your country for example corruption, like in a play by Nicholai Gogol, The Government inspector, which will never end since Adam and Eve, then tell you own story, about own country or an organization. So, in short reading keeps creativity alive.

 

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Honoring Your Reality: My Writing and Real Me

imagesAs a person I love writing. I love reading too, with a passion. I have my daily work to earn a living; to balance the two is my routine for five days a week.  Real me, my consciousness tell me my writing is what is important to me, but at the back of mind, the job that pays my bills  comes first than my life plan for writing career. So, life goes on balancing the two, day in day out.

Despite of all these I have life to live. You can remind me that life is short, if there is a need, but my wish is to have enough to pay my bills, I will dedicated my available time to writing, leave my present job and make writing my daily jobs. As an author, I am facing a number of challenges to execute my writing jobs.

First of all, getting real client is a challenge.  Who will payment me daily, weekly, or monthly for writing?  This will include lack of idea. I can’t really say, I lack something or ideas write on, because what I wish to write is what a client needs. That means the client is with the idea. If a client tells me she or he wants a business letter for example that is the ideas. So, I paying client comes along with an idea. Secondly writing takes long to sell, to be published, and to start benefitting financially. The reason why I must have other side hustles.

Why am I still working and writing only when I have some time?

You may ask me this question. As much as I wish to, I have limitations. I remember about three years ago, when I started writing and getting published, it felt good to be read by many people for example, in a national newspaper or an international publication, but how frequent will you be read, matter a lot, a writer admitted that, it is easy to steal a gun from a police station, than getting published, in Kenya. This is true for upcoming authors, almost everywhere.  It is just like getting a job these days; you must at least have 2 years of working experience and for a paying publisher to use your articles, or, your books you must have been published before.

Why am I not getting immersed into the world of self-publishing?

The world of self-publishing is not easy and free as some may think. I have my three books manuscripts with the publisher now, but I haven’t paid the firm to initiate the production of hard copies, eBooks, and paperback so that I begin selling and start earning from my writing, so money is a challenge too.

Who is really me?

I do errant jobs; freelance jobs, to earn, and when it is time for entertainment or to rest, that is when I choose to write or read. I know I can make some cash from writing, and I have ever tasted money for being published before; I have felt great being read, but it will take like three to four years to depend on it, I need just to establish myself as a professional writer before leaving the job that earns money at the moment.

Really I, now need money to pay my bills, and even pay my self-publishing, and earn more and I do hunting for paying publishers at same time.  I need at least to move around, to a quiet environment, and concentrate in my writing, let the words flow to the page, I do need to stand alone first before leaving my daily job, and get into self-publishing. When the product of an author, call it his or her writing does not sell, then the writer is crippled financially unless he or she has sides’ hustles.

Some people will tell you how much he or she earns in month from writing, some people are lucky or have a good network the help them to getting writing jobs, but most is struggle and hard work, that pays.

Most people like me put more attention to what is paying them now, and do writing as a side option or a hobby or part-time jobs.

I do hustle every morning, and I read between breaks, when I am waiting for a bus at the station, while on the bus, and when I am out for a coffee or lunch break. My target every day every day is to read at least for about 4-6 hours a day. Weekend, is the time I have scheduled for writing, unless I have a writing assignment on week days, that brings a plate of food to the table or benefiting in any way. Then I sacrifice my reading time for it.

One thing I like about writing and reading is that, it is entertaining, to me. I don’t feel strained writing like any other jobs because you learn new things and Ideas every time you write or research for something new, but for your health sake, give yourself breaks of 15 -30 minutes every two  hours before you get back to writing, that is what I do myself. For reading I can read even more than three hours nonstop especially a fine reading or fiction.

What is the future of my writing career?

I am planning to have my own office, where I will report every morning to plan and execute my writing. To write in the same place, in the same position, on the table and on the same chair every day. I will do real serious writing business for at least 8-12 hours a day, this is what I need, and I think will achieve my dream.

Writing can change someone life for good and you can reach masses, and bring change to their life through writing. It is a form entertainment, way of educating masses and a medium to informing the world knowledge you have learnt from others. It needs more patience, patience, and patience. Be Blessed

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One Publisher Helping Authors Earn from Writing What They Love Writing

imagesTCK publishing gives authors golden opportunity to be published and make money from writing what they love to write. TCK publishing receives unsolicited manuscripts. It could be from a literary agent and authors. You are required to Submit only for original works. All manuscripts received are passed through radical plagiarism checking software. It runs through software to certify it originality.

They publish both fiction and non-fiction titles. Guidelines are divided into two fiction and non-fiction.

TCK publishing non-fiction books in all markets but your work has to meet criteria list below: First, the writer has to be an expert in the market he or she loves writes about, to submit work for publishing. The message or content submitted has to be worth sharing with readers. Secondly your book must solve a specific problem, for example; “Cancer Treatment”. Your work must help the reader to solve what is affecting them, in their everyday life.

They accept simultaneous submission for both individual authors and literary Agents, but non-fiction only.

Writers and literary Agents can submit non-fiction books manuscripts in the market listed below:

  • Gardening
  • How –To do and advice
  • Personal finance
  • Business
  • Health and wellness
  • Relationships
  • Cookbooks
  • Religious and inspirational
  • Self-help and personal development
  • In other markets, not listed above, the author has to demonstrate, or show an active fan based, and a professional marketing plan.For fiction, TCK publishing does not publish receive or accept submissions for the following genre:
  • Poetry
  • Children’s picture books
  • Fanfiction
  •  They consider publishing fiction books in most genres.  But, they must meet the following guidelines:
  • Your work must have a complete full length of a novel. That is (40 000 words) minimum
  • Your story has to be original. That means it must pass plagiarism software test for it to be considered for publishing.
  • Your work can be received from individual authors or literary Agents; it means you can submit your work through an agent or as individual author can send work direct to TCK publishing.
  •   TCK publishing.com, accepts submission from the following genres:
    • Romance
  • Erotica and Erotic Romance
  • New Adult
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Children’s books
  • Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Suspense
  • Science fiction
  • Note: TCK publishing.com does not publishing short stories, poetry or Novella.

Before submitting your work, make sure it is edited. It is free from typo errors and plots holes in the manuscript. It is only the work that stand out, that gets published. You can also receive a free advice to work with an editor, to edit your work before submitting.

Submission is online by filling online form on the website: tckpublishing.com and upload your work as word document, then submit it. After submission you can wait for not more than three months before you informed your work has been published.

The contact form is at the bottom of the page. Give description of your proposed book in 2-3 sentences, and the link to your personal website if possible. All manuscripts are reviewed, and only that stands out are  published.  You can submit only one book for review that means one book submission at time.

I wish to conclude this post by the following announcement, please visit TCKpublishing.com for details

TCKpublishing.com is currently seeking to offer jobs as follows:

They have advertised the post of a senior editor, Digital marketing Manager, affiliate Manager, and Graphic Designer for details on to apply, visit TCKpublishing website and do apply online.

Lastly they offer course that authors grow in their career.

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Facing the New World Stresses Managing stresses in…

Facing the New World Stresses
Managing stresses in life is what makes a human being what he or she is. My brother and I used to play like we will never play again. We acted and play role adults, we played with other village children till our parent became suspicious, that might have lost our way home, and began finding where are about. We sometimes forget we had a number problem in life because play is made our day.
We felt hungry but play was our best option as long as we had energy to jump up and down, run here and there, lift that thing up, drops down another, we push one another to the point of hurt; to sometimes extend of one bleeding or bruised. Sometimes, we felt hungry for a period of time, normally the time during which we used to have meals, after that time, we felt full of energy as if we have just eaten, we now encourage ourselves to continue playing , saying hungry is lost now we can play.
We could hardly get tired. We accompanied friends to the home and share the little food their parents have prepared. This is sweetest part of slowly eroding African culture, the child was a community property, and every one had a responsibility in bringing up and caring for children.
Today the same village where I grew up, if a child is found eating in neighbor house, is warned not eat from people’s house, reason being the child will lack manners, or fed portion, or poison, but some of us still have manners though and were not poisoned.
The world has really changed. We don’t trust one another. We live in a world where, your closest neighbor maybe a dangerous criminal or a drug dealer or hater, child abductors, child trafficker, and to be safe, we restrict our children freedom of  free play and socialize with world around them.
A friend once advised me not have a meal in restaurant in a regular basis, when I asked why, he faced me and said “This is Nairobi”. I was scared in the first place, but I gave myself courage, dismissing his advice, that I don’t have enemies or haters.
We have lost trust even from even our relationships, what is left is service, get the services want and leave me alone kind of relationship.
In 2014 I had a neighbor who was funny beyond being funny. He eats the cooked by his wife, while is present the house. In case he finds the wife has cooked the food already, he won’t eat. He goes straight to the kitchen, and he cooks for himself. When he was asked why he didn’t eat the food cooked by his wife in his absence, his response was “never trust women”. What came to my mind was, he doesn’t trust his sisters and his mother, because they are women. My question was why they lived together in one roof; sleep one bed, when you trust one another.
The wife had to pack belonging and left matrimonial home. She has to because how will live with someone who is thinks you might poison him or her anytime.
In African culture, if a man refuses to eat the food cooked by his wife, it is like he is filing a divorce. So we trust only when we see each other eyes. Happiness of a woman in Africa is her husband to eat the foot she cooks.

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